Saturday, August 29, 2015

2015 World Rowing Championships Preview: Crews to Watch in France

No shortage of boats at the course at Lac d'Aiguebelette (Photo by Cam Girdlestone)

The 2015 World Rowing Championships are nearly upon us at Lac d'Aiguebelette, France, and the conditions couldn't be nicer for a contest between the world's best rowing athletes. This being an Olympic qualification year, there's still more at stake, and we're expecting a host of impressive performances as rowing federations jostle for position with a view toward Rio.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Red Bull High Stakes Rowing Event Will Feature Top Talent on an Unusual Course

The course for head-to-head racing on the Charles

The latest in the Red Bull rowing event series, which includes the famous Red Bull XRow held in Switzerland, is coming to Boston this weekend, and there will be no shortage of talent on the Charles River. And, as is typically the case with Red Bull events, it looks to be both unusual and hair-raising for athletes and spectators alike.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Video Of The Week: Matt Miller and the U.S. Men's Eight Train for Aiguebelette



This week's video comes to us thanks to U.S. national team rower Matt Miller, who today released the latest in his series of training features with the men's eight, this one covering their summer training and the build up to the world championships.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

#TBT: Michigan's Gregg Hartsuff on Team USA's 2015 World University Games Success

The U.S. men's eight crosses the line first at the 2015 Universiade (Photo © Chris Brown)

We're now just a little over two weeks away from the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France, where the world's top rowing athletes will gather to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio next year. Team USA is coming off a series of strong international performances, including multiple trips to the podium in Plovdiv at U23s, as well as a historically good World Rowing Junior Championships, but we thought we'd take a look back to one of the earliest successes of the summer: The victory for the U.S. men's eight in Chungju at the World University Games.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Op-Ed: Making Sense of the USRowing Men's Quad Selection Procedures

Early morning training at California Rowing Club (Photo: B. Kitch)

The final boats for this year's U.S. world championships team have been named, following trials on Wednesday in Princeton. And, we've got to say, we don't understand the logic behind the selection procedures for the men’s quad.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Video(s) Of The Week: Dutch Junior Women's and Men's Eights Training for Worlds in Rio

The junior women's eight from the Netherlands training on Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon (Photo courtesy Erik Mus)

The World Rowing Junior Championships are set to kick off this week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and despite the less-than-ideal water conditions (a situation that is a developing concern for the upcoming Olympic Games as well—of that, more later), the world's best high school rowers are keeping a sunny disposition and gearing up for a week full of racing.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Coaches' Corner: Coaching Rowing is Hard, So Get Started Right

The view from the boat bay (Photo: B. Kitch)

Coaching is difficult. Success depends on the right mixture of soft and hard skills, in many cases unique to a particular group of athletes, program type, or other circumstance. Examples abound across all sports and professions. It’s not uncommon for a successful coach at one program to move to another and not see the same results.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Video(s) Of The Week: Two South American Views of Pan Ams, 2015

The Brazilian men's double training in Rio (Screen capture)

This week's featured videos offer two views of the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, one from Chile, and the other from Brazil.